Solar energy is a renewable source of power, so it reduces greenhouse gas emissions and makes it easier for homeowners to manage their utility costs.
If you already have a solar panel system on your property, one of the best ways to keep it running efficiently is to perform regular maintenance. At Burgeson's, we care just as much about your solar investment as you do, so we're committed to helping you understand what solar maintenance entails. Keep reading to learn more about the following:
- The Difference Between Solar Cleaning and Solar Maintenance
- Why You Need Solar Maintenance
- What's Included in Solar Maintenance?
- How Often You Need Solar Maintenance
Has it been a while since you maintained your solar panel system?
Whether we're providing solar maintenance, plumbing services, or air conditioning services, Burgeson's stands for honesty, integrity, and doing what's right for our customers. Check out our solar FAQs and then contact us to learn how our trusted, third-generation run family business can help you keep your solar panel system running efficiently.
The Difference Between Solar Cleaning and Solar Maintenance
One of the most common solar maintenance myths is that maintenance is the same as cleaning. This just isn't true. Cleaning is important, but it's not the only thing you need to do to keep your system in good condition. You also need to have a professional check the voltages, look for damaged wiring, and make sure other system components are working as expected.
At Burgeson's, we take pride in doing the job right the first time. One of our friendly, knowledgeable technicians will review every aspect of your solar panel system to ensure it's functioning properly. Although we're newer to the solar industry, we've been in business since 1949, so we have a long track record of providing excellent service to customers in Redlands and surrounding areas.
Why You Need Solar Maintenance
Proper solar maintenance is essential for keeping your system in good working order. If you don't maintain your solar panels, you'll likely notice a drop in energy production, leaving you with higher utility bills or other related problems.
When a trained technician checks your solar system, they also look for potential hazards. Therefore, regular maintenance is essential for keeping your family safe. For example, damaged wiring can cause a fire. If you schedule regular maintenance sessions, a technician may be able to find and address the problem before it damages your home or puts your family's safety at risk.
What's Included in Solar Maintenance?
Burgeson's is committed to outstanding service, so we offer a comprehensive solar maintenance package. When you hire us to service your solar panel system, one of our friendly technicians will perform the following tasks:
- Panel cleaning: For your solar panels to function efficiently, sunlight must reach the PV cells built into each one. Your solar technician will clean each panel thoroughly, removing dirt, leaves, and other debris that can interfere with solar energy production.
- System inspection: Your solar system has several components, including panels, wires, and terminals. Our solar tech will inspect each component thoroughly, checking for signs of damage or normal wear and tear.
- Inverter check: In a solar panel system, the inverter is responsible for transforming direct current electricity to alternating current electricity. AC current is the type of electricity the grid uses, so this is an important step in converting solar energy into power that you can use in your home. During a solar maintenance appointment, your technician will ensure your inverter operates as expected.
- Roof penetration check: Solar companies use mounting hardware to attach panels to each roof. While performing maintenance on your solar panel system, your tech will check this hardware to ensure it's not loose or damaged.
- Production measurement: To ensure your solar panel system is operating as expected, your solar technician will measure the kilowatt production at the time of service.
Burgeson's is not responsible for inaccessible solar equipment or water leaks from existing roof penetrations or broken tiles.
How Often You Need Solar Maintenance
Generally, you should schedule solar panel maintenance annually. However, it depends on what the manufacturer of your solar panels recommends. Consult your manual for guidance on how often to maintain your specific brand of solar panels. You may need extra maintenance if you notice a drop in production or if your system has sustained some damage.